Yes, I said it: bragging rights. When we do a job, any job and we claim to be a child/follower of God it kinda looks bad when it's not done well. Not kinda, it does look bad! No one wants to claim something that's a mess. Being a girl from the south at this point all I could picture was my ghetto/country cousin saying "You Betta' Represent!!" and represent is right. We are a represention of those to whom and which we are related. Whether it be a gang, a clan, a team, or an organization excellence in some form, is not the exception, it is the rule.
To be a good team player takes winning. How much more being the "Body of Christ". When we do our best in what we do, we are representing God in a positive light. When somebody walks by and see's how amazingly those floors are shined and say's "WOW!" God get's the glory. When we've done a great job people are more inclined to be apart of our team. Being the best helps to effectively witness and minister to anyone. It makes us a standard. I remember it being preached that in order to exalt Job further, God boasted on Him to the enemy. He practically held up his credentials before the devil
"Then the LORD asked Satan, "Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless--a man of complete integrity...." (Job 1:8)at the end when Job went through all that turmoil to learn to "really" trust God, He was increased even greater than before. When we believe in God, we become fit for a blessing. Our credentials make us worthy to represent and we represent because of our credentials; we're God's kids. We're supposed to be great, and do our best because God made us, we are a reflection of Him, we're on His team and we had better represent!
This is my take. What are some other ways and reasons we should do everything we do to the glory of God? In what ways do you honor Him with your works?